Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Overview

Spanning over 42 acres, the Polynesian Cultural Center is home to living museum and theme park centered around Polynesian culture. The center features eight simulated tropical villages, IMAX® shows, canoe rides and parades, special events, daytime exhibits and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show. Guests can also experience the renowned Ali’i Luau, considered one of the best and most authentic luaus on Oahu.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Laie, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Located 75 minutes from Honolulu.
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel shuttle service is available.
  • Various dinner, luau, and show packages available for purchase.
  • Bring a camera, comfortable shoes, and appropriate attire.
  • Mingle with natives from Pacific cultures in genuine village replicas.
  • Bring cash and shop at the Hukilau Marketplace and specialty shops for a perfect souvenir.

Description

from Polynesian Cultural Center
Choose from a variety of packages and get set to see why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's #1 Paid Attraction. Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti.

Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. Get a temporary tattoo, catch a fish or learn to dance one of the exciting hip shaking dances of Tahiti. See an active Polynesian voyaging canoe up close and learn how to make fire. Plus, enjoy the exciting Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant showcasing the songs and dances of each island culture on the Center’s winding lagoon.

Give your feet a rest and take a relaxing tram tour through Laie town to see the surrounding community, then cap off your adventure in Hawaii’s only IMAX™ theater to learn about the importance of coral reefs with a Coral Reef Adventure.

Discover for yourself why the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau has justifiably inherited the deeper meanings of Hawaiian hospitality and joy inherent in this ancient feast, and add this unforgettable experience to your Hawaiian vacation.

Please note that due to the Polynesian Cultural Center being a family attraction which is closely associated to and predominantly an employer of college students, alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.

Ambassador Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00PM
Ali'i Luau Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00PM
Show Only Admission after 7:00PM; seating available only in the upper level of the Pacific Theater.

General Admission to the villages from 12:00PM - 5:00PM

There is no charge for children under age 5 unless they plan to occupy a reserved seat at the evening show.

Optional Pick-up Points in Waikiki
1st Pick up*, 2nd Pick up*
1. Ala Moana Hotel (wait on Mahukona Street) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05AM, 12:05PM
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10AM, 12:10PM
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15AM, 12:15PM
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20AM, 12:20PM
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25AM, 12:25PM
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30AM, 12:30PM

Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excellent - Glad we Went"
January 2019
Great way to understand the Polynesian culture. Dinner and luau were excellent. Ha Breath of Life performance was tremendous.

Spend the extra money to get the guided Ambassador tour.
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Claudia Cobos
CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent !!!!"
August 2018
It was a wonderfull day with my family, many activities, shows of island's culture, the dinnig was delicious and the show was wonderfull
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Tip: Great place, you must go !

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Two thumbs up"
April 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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jwhaddock
North Salt Lake, Utah
"The Real Pacific "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2020
This was the best way to have a better understanding of the history of the Hawaiian people and the history and culture of the other Polynesian islands as well. It’s clear that the Polynesian people working here are more than excited to share their culture with people from all around the world. We got the tickets that included the buffet and it was definitely worth it. A must do if staying in Oahu.
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theoraclesboy
Fort William, United Kingdom
"Our 4th visit to this fantastic place. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2020
This is our fourth visit to this fantastic cultural center. On this occasion we decided to have the Ali Lua package with Ha- Breath of Life. We had a very interesting day visiting all the villages and our meal at night was of a very high quality and the show later in the evening was awesome. Highly recommend this tour if you come to Hawaii, you will have a very cultural fun day and create loads of memories.
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imitheos92
Leyte Island, Philippines
"Best Cultural Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 05, 2020
Went to the United States for a cultural exchange program and let me tell you that the Polynesian Cultural Center experience was the best I had! I travelled around Continental US but nothing comes close. Beautiful is an understatement to describe the place and experience. You get to learn to dance the hula, play the ukulele, start a fire using wood, make a lei, taste their food and so much more! They also have the best night show. Will def come back if given the opportunity.
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854estebanm
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
"Best Overall Thing To Do"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 28, 2020
Recommend doing this early in the trip since it takes about 16 hours to experience everything. After you pay for admission the first day, you should get the 2 days free after that day to see everything you may have missed. Make sure to get the package deal with the luau and Ha Breath of Fire (not included in the free days received after). You get to learn from the Samoans and how they live/survive to getting to see a war dance by the people of New Zealand and much more. They’re all great people and have a great sense of humor as well.
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kimtL9388DX
Deception Bay, Australia
"Loved it. Go at a quieter time of year to avoid the crowds."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2020
We didn't buy a package, as we wanted to wander at our own leisure, choosing later which activities we wanted to do. Wear comfortable, walking shoes, a hat and suncreen. Keep hydrated with water. It is a tourist destination and this is reflected in the prices, however one can look around the Hukilau Marketplace free of charge. We visited over 2 afternoons/evenings, went to 2 buffets and the HA, Breath of Life, night show. For the person that described the student workers as "coerced into indentured servitude", indentured servitude is illegal in the United States. Their services are not being bartered for passage to America or education. The students do get paid, a portion of which does goes to the university for tuition, fees and accommodation. They leave with no student debt on graduation. It is well-known that it is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and so if one holds a grudge it is best not to go if this might overshadow one's enjoyment. As Polynesians, whether in the US or elsewhere, singing, dancing, building an imu, umu or hangi, as well as the other activities featured, are a part of our everyday culture. These are not "chores of those living in poverty" that we are trying to escape from. On the contrary, we relish sharing our culture with others, whether we are doctors, business owners, plantation workers or mothers looking after children. The Polynesian Cultural Center is alcohol-free, smoke-free and family-friendly, so this is not the place to go if you want to drink, smoke or have the dancers titillate your fancy. Go to Las Vegas for that. Tea and Coffee is not served, but there are plenty of other beverages available. I enjoyed the smoothie in a pineapple, but cold water is more refreshing on a hot day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Polynesian Cultural Center

Where is the Polynesian Cultural Center located?
They are located in the small town of Laie, located on the northeast end of Oahu. Allow yourself approximately a 75-minute drive from Honolulu.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE.

Can I bring my camera?
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Center as they wish, but no flash photography or video is allowed during the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, as the light is blinding to the performers on stage and other guests in the darkened theater.

Do you offer wheelchair, stroller or locker rentals?
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available with advanced reservations by calling them directly. There is a $20 deposit fee, $15 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair or stroller is returned. A limited number of day lockers are available near the front entrance on a first-come basis for a small rental fee.

Is the Polynesian Cultural Center wheelchair accessible?
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center - including the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Guests using wheelchairs at our lu'au or Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to a seat if they choose to do so, or will be invited to sit in any of our wheelchair section.

When are the times for each activity?
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm. Ali’l Luau seating begins between 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:30pm. Ha! seating begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm. 

If my child is under 5 years, are they free?
Yes, children 0-4 are free admission into the Cultural Center. They are considered a lap child for the show venues.